Throughout pregnancy your body is going through rapid changes as another life develops within your womb. Women notice so many things, from swollen ankles, to flattening feet, and ligament pains. Many women don’t know, however, that even your eyes can be affected by the pregnancy. Surprisingly the reason for this is the same as the reason for many complaints during pregnancy: fluid retention, increased blood volume and the fluctuation of hormone levels. These factors are the primary reasons for most of the body’s changes, and most of the changes that happen during pregnancy return to normal shortly after the baby is born.
It is important for women to know about the possible vision changes that may occur. These are also temporary, and most often resolve themselves post birth. Some women worry that they will need a new prescription of glasses as they notice a change in vision. This is usually not the case. Also it is very important to note that LASIK should never take place during or shortly after a pregnancy.
Common Eye Changes During Pregnancy
The most common change to eyesight during pregnancy is a result a condition called dry eye. This condition comes as a result of changing hormone levels. Schedule an appointment with Uptown Eye Care if you experience dry eye during your pregnancy. We can prescribe or recommend eye drops that are safe to use during pregnancy. Wearing contacts may actually become too uncomfortable during pregnancy; some find it much more comfortable to stick with eye glasses.
There are foods and vitamins which may reduce the effects of dry eye while pregnant. Eating foods which are high in omega-3 fatty acids such as some fish, flax seed and walnuts may help reduce dry eye. Keep in mind that certain types of fish need to be limited during pregnancy due to high levels of mercury, so it is important to speak with your OB and eye doctor regarding the symptoms and treatment for dry eye and maintaining health of eyes and body throughout pregnancy.
Keep in mind that if your vision were to become very blurry during your pregnancy, it may be a sign of high blood pressure or even gestational diabetes. If you experience blurred vision is important to contact you doctor right away.
Just as you would contact your doctor about any concerning changes you notice to your body during pregnancy, you should also contact your eye doctor if you are concerned about your eye health during pregnancy. For the sake of yourself and the baby, it is important to listen to what your body is telling you throughout your pregnancy.